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The impact the social milieu imposes upon texts in a given time and space is highlighted. The interaction between the field and the text is also emphasized in forms of doxa (Gouanvic 2002) and illusion (Gouanvic 2004). In addition, Gouanvic emphasizes that a work’s significance should also be transferred to the target side (Gouanvic 2004: 363). He asserts that translation is a process of rehistoricization and the historicity of the original work should not be ignored in the translation. Translators should transfer the significance of the source work to the target culture (Gouanvic 2004).

Without this cultural phenomenon, Japanese fantasy works would not have been termed so in Taiwan. Moreover, some Japanese comics and animation are actually carriers of Western fantasy works. For instance, the Japanese fantasy ロードス島戦記 (羅德斯島戰記) originates from Dungeons & Dragons and is a book series created under a gaming framework. On the other hand, fantasy writings in Taiwan cannot rid themselves of the impact of Chinese fantasy literature. This rationale justifies the comparison between Chinese and Western fantasy works which helped shape fantasy writings in Taiwan.

In this way, a site of struggle for power (a form of symbolic capital) such as a field of translation in the Taiwanese book market could be exemplified by the situation of competing and struggling for legitimacy among three arenas: publishing, translating and reviewing. All three domains are forms of cultural production in the larger social space of Taiwan. The competition between various holdings of capital in a field is most often centred on two spheres: cultural capital and economic capital.

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